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NREMT approves provisional certifications during national emergency

As psychomotor testing sites close, the NREMT executive committee voted to allow for provisional certifications during the national emergency


By Rachel Engel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In an effort to address the shortage of EMS personnel available during the COVID-19 national emergency, the NREMT executive committee voted to allow provisional certifications.

In a statement released by NREMT, provisional certifications will be automatically assigned to any candidate who completes an EMR-, EMT-, AEMT- or Paramedic-level course and the NREMT’s cognitive exam.

During the COVID-19 national emergency declaration, the psychomotor exam requirement is suspended, to ensure compliance with CDC recommendations for social distancing.

“This is a vital step in ensuring that we are able to continue to get qualified and competent EMS personnel into our communities during this national emergency,” Bill Seifarth, executive director of the National Registry, said. “This decision, along with this pandemic, is evolving and requires swift, bold measures to ensure the continued safety and health of the public.”